Makaira

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Makaira
Temporal range: Late Miocene to Present[1]
Atlantic blue marlin.jpg
Atlantic blue marlin, Makaira nigricans
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Istiophoriformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Makaira
Lacépède, 1802
Type species
Makaira nigricans
Lacepède, 1802
Species

Makaira mazara
Makaira nigricans

Synonyms
  • Eumakaira Hirasaka & H. Nakamura, 1947
  • Marlina Hirasaka & H. Nakamura, 1947
  • Orthocraeros J. L. B. Smith, 1956

Makaira (Latin via Greek: μαχαίρα "sword") is a genus of marlin in the Istiophoridae family. It includes the Atlantic blue, and Indo-Pacific blue marlins.[2] In the past, the black marlin was also included in this genus, but today it is placed in its own genus, Istiompax.

Species[edit]

Although they are traditionally listed as separate species, recent research indicates that the Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) and Indo-Pacific blue marlin (Makaira mazara) may be parapatric populations of the same species.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2018). Species of Makaira in FishBase. February 2018 version.